Founder | Artistic Director
Danielle Agami was born in Israel in 1984, where she studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company. Between 2007 and 2009, Agami served as the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dancers Create, and functioned as the company's rehearsal director from 2008-2010. After 8 years with Batsheva, Agami moved to New York to serve as the Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A.
In 2012 Agami relocated to Seattle, where she founded Ate9—an undertaking that fully realized her artistic voice as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. "With intriguing imagination, well-developed craft and an eye for nuance, this budding choreographer may surprise us yet.” (Ora Brafman, The Jerusalem Post). Danielle was the grand prize winner of the 2013 & 2014 Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre and Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to watch in 2015. In 2016, recognized with the Princess Grace Award for Choreography.
Executive Director | Cheryl mann
Formerly the Artistic Associate of visceral Dance Chicago. Cheryl was a company member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for 11 years. She received a Ruth Page Award for her performance in Nacho Duato's Cor Perdut, and was on the cover of Dance Magazine for the August edition in 2004 featuring Lucas Crandall's Gimme. Mann began her professional career at Disney World in Orlando, FL, received a B.A. in dance at Point Park College, performed in South Pacific as "Liat" under the direction of Robby Marshall in Pittsburgh, and danced with River North Chicago Dance Company before joining Hubbard Street. She is the owner of Cheryl Mann Productions, where she has traveled the world setting dance works for world-renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Toru Shimazaki, Alejandro Cerrudo and Danny Ezralow, as well as photographing companies such as Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Ballet Hispanico, the former Luna Negra Dance Theater, Thodos Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, amongst many more.
The 9 | Our dancers
Our Board of Directors:
Wileen Dragovan | Treasurer
Ariel Carpenter | Secretary
Ate9 was founded by Agami in 2012 -- fueled by her vision to transform dance and engage new audiences with bold, innovative work. After a very successful first season in Seattle, where the company premiered Sally meets Stu to rave reviews, Agami relocated Ate9 to Los Angeles in 2013 to expand opportunities for the company and fully manifest its mission.
mISSION >>>>> Ate9 is dedicated to evolving the world of dance, and devoted to reimagining the role dance can play in communities of all kinds.
Within three months, Ate9 had made its Los Angeles debut with a performance of Sally meets Stu at Los Angeles Theater Center. The presentation electrified the audience and quickly established Ate9 as a refreshing, bold new voice on the L.A. dance scene. The company’s 2013/14 season further solidified Ate9’s transformative role on the L.A. dance landscape with commissions and presentations for clients such as L.A. County Arts Commission, The Music Center, REDCAT Studio, The Industry Opera, Grand Park, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Design for Sharing (UCLA), Celebrate Dance, The Krupnick Festival, CAP UCLA, The LA Philharmonic Orchestra @ The Hollywood Bowl, as well as continuing to tour nationwide.
"She’s the kind of dancer who truly appears to live onstage, moment by moment, in a highly conscious state. A mesmerizing performance, a very big pay-off after years of L.A. dance-viewing to see a woman artist of this caliber create dance in our city."
-Debra Levine, ArtsMeme
Agami also collected the Grand Prize from more established choreographers at the Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre, PalmDesert, CA in 2013, and again in 2014, and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Princess Grace Award, which honors emerging artists in theater, dance and film. As part of the prize, Agami will create a new commissioned work for Visceral Dance Chicago.
Ate9 is now a highly sought after dance company, this prolific outpouring of work has allowed the company to make major waves in the dance community, as well as build a solid organizational infrastructure for continued growth. With an expanded Board of Directors, Ate9 has significantly diversified its base of financial support and increased its revenue potential.
Ate9 will continue to blaze a trail in Los Angeles with productions that are innovative, visceral, interactive and accessible to the diverse communities around this city and the globe.
On the Resume;
Season 1 - 2012/13
Sally meets Stu | world premiere, Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA
Sheila | Site specific | City Arts in Seattle, WA
Sally meets Stu | presented by Arts Umbrella in Vancouver B.C
Sally meets Stu | L.A Theater Center
Tactics -DancEducation initiative!
Sheila | Art Share Gallery| DTLA
Sally meets Stu | SFCD in San Francisco, CA
Sally meets Stu | Cafe Fais-Dodo
Season 2 - 2013/14
Conduit in Portland, OR
Grand Park ‘Got Moves’ lunchtime concerts!
1st prize! Award of $11,125.00 given to Ate9 @ Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre
Invisible Cities - The Industry Opera | Union Station, L.A
L.A. County commissions Ate9 to perform at the Holiday Celebration
Sally meets Stu | Carpenter Performing Art Center of Long Beach
EXHIBIT A | Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, B.C.
Flourish Foundation/Design for Sharing (UCLA) – Ate9‘s DancEducation program funded & performed in several high schools in Los Angeles, CA
IN C | Site specific with the Industry Opera | Hammer Museum
mouth to mouth | World Premiere @ L.A Theatre Center
mouth to mouth | Peridance Capezio Center, New York City, NY
Season 3 - 2014/15
For Now | commissioned by NOW fESTIVAL- RedCat, DTLA
For Now | presented by The Krupnick Festival @ The Wallis in Beverly Hills
Exhibit O | commissioned by CAP UCLA , Site Specific work
1st prize again! | Annual Choreography competition at the McCallum Theatre
mouth to mouth | Context Festival by Diana Vishneva - Moscow, Russia
mouth to mouth | Tans Danz in Atlanta, GA
Queen George | commissioned by Santora Arts Building / Santa Ana, CA
Queen George | Think Tank Art Gallery in DTLA
mouth to mouth | Victoria Ballet Theatre in Victoria, TX
mouth to mouth | Dance Month in Houston, TX
EXHIBIT b - commissioned & presented by White Bird in Portland, OR
mouth to mouth | Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA
Moves After Dark - KELEV LAVAN, | The Los Angeles Music Center
mouth to mouth | Live Arts LA
The Industry Opera’s Hopscotch | DTLA, Los Angeles, CA
EXHIBIT b | American Dance Platform | The Joyce Theater New York City, NY
Vickie | WAA Juried Showcase | RedCat, DTLA
Play | Commissioned by LA Philharmonic Orchestra | The Hollywood Bowl
Queen George | Presented by HD Buttercup in DTLA
"I think her [Agami's] priority is not to imagine how to exploit riches in service to her 'brand' but instead to position her artistic ideas within an internationally engaged 'art city' in pursuit of creating great work — from here. I respect that diligence and awareness.”
-Kristy Edmunds, Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA